What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is not just one disorder, but is a group of eye disorders that may eventually lead to blindness. It is defined as damage to the optic nerve associated with a characteristic loss in the field of vision. Unfortunately, glaucoma has no signs or symptoms in the early stages, and by the time people notice loss of vision, the glaucoma has reached a very advanced stage.
One of the main risk factors for glaucoma is elevated Intra-Ocular Pressure (IOP), but notice that IOP is not in the definition of glaucoma. In fact, about one-third of glaucoma patients have a normal IOP. This is one of the many reasons that glaucoma is also known as the "Silent Thief of Sight".
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma or you have a family history of glaucoma, it is very important that you have frequent eye examinations to closely monitor your optic nerves and visual field. At Coastal Vision Medical Group, we provide our patients with the newest equipment and tests for the early diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Some of our glaucoma treatments include: eye drop medications, Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty ALT, glaucoma shunts, glaucoma drainage devices and eye stents.
To receive more information on glaucoma, or to book a consultation with one of our glaucoma doctors for a screening, call 714-771-1213 or fill out our online request info/consutation form.